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Question 48 has been added.

General Questions:

Is there a notional vision to put this on the KC-130?

A: This has not been addressed at this point.

The longest term potential would be the F-18 fleet at this time? Is the goal for this to become the system on all F-18 tankers for both manned and unmanned requirement?

A: This is a demonstration only at this point. We cannot answer this right now.

Is this being considered at all as a SBIR program?

A: No.

Is there a FY10 budget requirement in for non-recurring costs?

A: This information will not be provided.

Any relationship between ASDRS and the Air Force’s Automated Aerial Refueling effort?

A: Not at this time.

How does Northrop Grumman’s sole source UCAS-D demonstration contract relate to ASDRS?

A: Refer to the RFI reference to a potential Associate Contractor Agreement.

What is anticipated timeline to turn around a proposal from the RFP release?

A: Anticipated to be 60 days

Are there any unique security requirements?

A: As discussed in the announcement for Industry Day and the RFI, there will be requirements for receipt of the technical data package. Final Information will be provided in the final RFP.

Has acquisition strategy selection criteria been determined?

A: No, This will be provided in the final RFP, Section L and Section M

How firm is the August release date?

A: This is an on or about date. Further information will be provided on the FBO Website.

What configuration of the buddy store will be provided for modification?

A: The Buddy store provided will be the current -05 configuration

Will NAVAIR split award if it favors certain technology offered by various offerors?

A: We are targeting a single award to one offeror.

Are there any particular platforms that are interested in ASDRS outside of what is listed?

A: At this time, the interested platforms are all Navy Marine Corp receivers which utilize the F/A-18 E/F Buddy Store.

Has the DOD established a formal requirements document for this capability?

A: This is not available for discussion

Can you provide any details concerning the SSA?

A: No

How do you define safety requirements, in a qualitative or quantitative manner?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the web site. All details will be provided in the final RFP.

Are there any further opportunities to have open discussions with the government?

A: At this time, none are anticipated. However further questions can be submitted as discussed during the presentation. Remember all questions and answers will be posted online.

What are the specific constraints to modifying the buddy store?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the web site. Final details will be provided in the final RFP

Does the government have any general expectations for the IDE?

A: Refer to the draft Statement of Objectives being provided via the web site. Further detail will be provided in the final RFP

If there are any modifications to the ARS, will the contractor be responsible?

A: Yes the contractor will be responsible to modify the two GFE units being provided to meet the requirements of the RFP.

Will information be provided about the center of gravity (CG) as related to the buddy store?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the web site. Any further information specific to the CG will be provided in the final RFP.

Will the slides and the list of attendees be posted online?

A: Yes

Will any Government feedback be provided to the RFI responses?

A: We are not providing feedback on the RFI. It was used for Market Research Purposes.

How do you envision the on/off stabilization being controlled?

A: The Ethernet interface will be a method of control from the platform. Other control may be internal to the system if required for operations.

Does the government anticipate any flight deck changes specific to the on/off button?

A: The government makes a test installation on the F/A-18 E/F tanker to control the Ethernet interface as well as interface to the pilot.

Is the Government tanker installation considered a flight test only capability?

A: For the purpose of the demo, yes. It is only flight test capability

How does that go into production?

A: TBD. The ASDRS is a component of the tanker system being used to support the X-47B demonstration. The government is the system integrator for interfacing the X-47B and tanker, and maintains the interfaces to control the integration.

Is there a way to define the datalink of the architecture we are moving forward with? Is there something that ASDRS has to be compatible with?

A: We specify that the interface between the ASDRS and the platform is wired Ethernet. Ethernet is compatible with both the Government’s tanker installation as well as the wireless interface to the receiver.

What is the tanker to receiver data link being used for the demonstration?

A: The demonstration data link utilizes the Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) Phase 3 radio. The TTNT interface is already defined as part of the Government tanker and X-47 B architecture.

Will that same Ethernet architecture be used for collection of the flight test data as well? Or is there an additive system that will be used for recording of flight test data?

A: Anything that is used for real time monitoring is specified on the Ethernet interface. Refer to the draft specification and SOO being provided by the website. The RFP requirements may drive other needs for data collection, such as internal data storage.

Will there be a requirement for a datalink on the ASDRS itself in addition to the Ethernet link?

A: No, not at this time. Refer to the final RFP for data link requirements.

What is the organizational structure of PMA 201/268 and how are they integrating together for this effort?

A: PMA 201 and PMA 268 are partnering together for this procurement. More information on the objectives of the PMA organizations was provided during the Industry Day briefing.

Can NAVAIR provide the technical organizational structure of their organization?

A: No, this information will not be provided.

Does PMA 268 drive more requirements than PMA 201? Is a critical requirement for UCAS-D?

A: The goals of this procurement were provided in the Industry Day briefing.

Will all government data be available to Non-US citizens?

A: A security process is in place for approval or dissapproval of foreign entities participating in this procurement. The final RFP will provide further details.

Will the draft specifications/SOO (all interim documents) be made available to Non-US citizens?

A: See above answer.

How will ownership rights to technical data be defined?

A: License rights will be defined by the DFARs clauses in the RFP. Example clauses are 252.227-7013, 7015, 7016. No further information is provided at this time.

Are receiver modifications allowed?

A: The current draft spec requirements do not make allowance for receiver modifications.

Are there any rules envisioned specific to modification of the current ARS communications with the aircraft and can it be added to or modified?

A: Platform communication is via wired Ethernet as defined in the Industry day briefing. Further detail is provided in the draft specification being provided via the website. Final details will be provided in the RFP.

Will there be any specific data presented for reference drogue stability, FOD, etc performance?

If so, will the Government provide information specific to how that data was generated?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the website. The offeror will have to address the requirement with the information provided in the final RFP.

A2: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the website. The offeror will have to address the requirement with the information provided in the final RFP.

How do you verify that the current performance of the ARS hose reel will be the same?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided via the website. The offeror will have to address the requirement with the information provided in the final RFP.

When do you expect to release the draft Technical Data Package?

A: As soon as possible, it is currently being processed for release

Will there be development of a unit cost target for follow on production up front? This will effect design.

A: Acquisition strategy at this time has not been defined. Any details will be provided in the final RFP.

Will the government define the total system error and its components?

A: Refer to the draft specification and SOO being provided by the website. The specification specifies total system error and there is a SOO task for an offeror to break that into the required components, allocate the error and verify the allocation.

How much flexibility will the offeror have with respect to the hose reel tension control on the buddy store?

A: The offeror will be able to evaluate the tension control on the provided GFE ARS units. The draft SOO and specification provided via the website describes the process for evaluating ARS compatibility. The intent is to avoid the requalification of the Buddy store.

Will there be a reliability spec provided for test and production?

A: Refer to the draft specification being provided by the website. Final requirements will be in the final RFP documents.

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